Prof. Hervé Vanderschuren holds a MSc in Crop Genetics (AgroParisTech, France) and a MSc in Plant Pathology (FUSAGx, Belgium). He obtained his PhD in Plant Biotechnology at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). He has started his academic career as group leader in crop biotechnology at ETH Zurich and has been appointed Professor of Plant Genetics at University of Liège (Belgium) in 2014. He was recently appointed Professor of Tropical Crop Improvement at KULeuven (Belgium). Over the last 15 years, his research activities have been focused on the study of crop responses to biotic and abiotic stresses as well as on the implementation of tools to select and develop cassava and rice with improved traits. Several cassava and rice accessions with increased disease resistance, improved nutritional quality and prolonged shelf life traits have been developed by his team. He has collaborated with several national and international research institutions in developing and emerging countries through joint research programmes. Prof. Vanderschuren’s team is also actively involved in technology transfer to laboratories in Africa, Asia and South America.